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Birth of the Cool: 2009

Friday, 03 February 2017 12:55

55ca07b9dafa5d7fd6f42d70a048eTo fully appreciate how seductive and spectacular Miles Davis's Birth of the Cool recordings were in 1949 and '50, you actually have to see the music being played.

They Didn't Believe Me

Thursday, 02 February 2017 10:24

Screen Shot 2017-02-01 at 9.29.58 PMJust before the outbreak of World War I in 1914, Herbert Reynolds and Jerome Kern wrote the words and music to a most enduring song—They Didn't Believe Me. Composed for the Broadway musical The Girl From Utah, the song was one of five that were added to the show when it came over from Britain.

Dardanelle: Piano, Vibes + Voice

Wednesday, 01 February 2017 10:35

Screen Shot 2017-01-31 at 8.05.01 PMBefore Beyoncé, Madonna and Cher, there was Dardanelle.

Chet Baker: Cold Trumpet

Tuesday, 31 January 2017 11:49

HqdefaultIn 1959, trumpeter Chet Baker was in Europe touring and recording.

Hod O'Brien Meets Sal Nistico

Screen Shot 2017-01-29 at 7.39.59 PMJazz was in a strange place in the 1980s.

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